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Hulo-
I need some help with my first pc build EVAR. I need it for gaming probably (I say probably cause my dead laptop did not game that well), browsing, movies and folding (probably).
My budget is $700-$1100+ (if there are good reasons to go to there).
The *other* factor- I have a monitor and ssd + hdd, burner, key + mouse already.

So far these are the pieces I like (some for no good reason really):
CPU: $225 i5-2500k or $275 i7-2600k
GPU: ~$250 6950 2gb (I need suggestions here)
MOBO: $180 MSI P67A-GD65 (open to suggestions)
PSU: $120 (newegg promo) 850HX
RAM: $80 (newegg promo) G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB)
Case: $35 NZXT Gamma or $180 rv-02 (not sure if I will appreciate a high end case)

Thanks in advance!
Edited by Supadupa - 5/14/11 at 8:35pm
post #2 of 9
I dont think you really need 850 Watts for PSU, the 6950 only requires 500watt, usually it doesn't even draw power up to that much. A 700 watt would suffice, and that could be easily found for 80 bucks. I prefer the cooler master silent pro 700w.

You really need only 4 GB for gaming. I have 6GB and its really a waste. I only have about 2 windows up at a time. 8GB is kind of overkill in my opinion.

I would prefer the i7 over the i5. And I would recommend the MSI mobo, cause they have pretty solid motherboards, meaning, they last a long time without breaking or melting.

For the Case, since its your first build, get the cheaper one. You'll know what you want in the future to upgrade once you experience the first build. Then you can spend more money for a nice case in the future. When you feel like upgrading.

Good Luck Buddy!
post #3 of 9
If there's a MicroCenter near by, you can get the 2500k for $175.

Good choice on the video card, do you plan to go CrossFire, if you don't you can consider getting a cheaper motherboard. If you plan to crossfire, then get the MSI P67A-G43 for $129.

If you planning of overclocking, then the 850HX is a great choice. If not, then just get any good 700W PSU.
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Opt for a good 600w psu, save money to put in a good case because my case is what inspires me in bad times when I think I overspent on my pc Biostar TP67B+ is a pretty good motherboard for only $95 AR on the Egg. Are you gaming at 1080p? Are you planning on unlocking your 6950? if not, go with the 1gb version, typically the same performance at or below 1080p.
    
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Thanks for the suggestions peeps.
Noted about the 600-700w psu suggestion. I'm already thinking about adding a 2nd gpu in the near future and I'm planning to dive into some overclocking. So I guess the 850w is ok?

I might shave off the 4gb ram so maybe -$50.

I also am strongly considering picking up a used gtx 570 instead. If pricing is the same should do go for it? I'm thinking gtx 570 sli is better than the 6950 crossfire.

I plan on gaming on a hdtv. Does that change anything?
Edited by Supadupa - 5/15/11 at 6:10am
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Originally Posted by Supadupa View Post
Thanks for the suggestions peeps.
Noted about the 600-700w psu suggestion. I'm already thinking about adding a 2nd gpu in the near future and I'm planning to dive into some overclocking. So I guess the 850w is ok?

I might shave off the 4gb ram so maybe -$50.

I also am strongly considering picking up a used gtx 570 instead. If pricing is the same should do go for it?

I plan on gaming on a hdtv. Does that change anything?
4gb of ram is more than enough for gaming. Picking up a used 570 without warranty is like throwing your money away. I'm assuming that your hdtv is 1080p? then a hd 6950 is enough, plus you can overclock it to 6970's speed
    
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Well according to this psu calc, which i heard is pretty accurate, may be a little high, but is never lower than you need, it says a 2500k, 8gb ram and cfx 6950s recommended watts is 502.
http://extreme.outervision.com/PSUEngine
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Well according to this psu calc, which i heard is pretty accurate, may be a little high, but is never lower than you need, it says a 2500k, 8gb ram and cfx 6950s recommended watts is 502.
http://extreme.outervision.com/PSUEngine
that's about right. But OP said he will add another 6950 in the near future so around a good quality 650w psu will be able to handle that crossfire
    
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post #9 of 9
CPU: Good choice
GPU: Also a good choice and you can later crossfire it. I would make more suggestions here but I don't really know what you're going for.
Mobo: A p8p67 board is my suggestion. These have been known to be reliable and will fulfill all your needs.
PSU: Get a high quality 650-750 watt PSU like the other users said. This way it will last you a long time and be nice and reliable.
RAM: good
Case: I would suggest going with the high end case. The thing that you're going to be looking at every day comes down to the case and not what's inside. If you REALLY don't care what it looks like than obviously go for the lower end, especially if you need that money right now, but in the long run I would definitely say you'll be happier with a good looking case.
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